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Politicians, activists and researchers debate the issues facing the EU and a 'guest of the week' offers their insight in a long-format interview that gets to the heart of the matter. Saturday at 12.10 pm.

Latest update : 2018-04-02

Bursting the Brussels bubble: Transparency in the EU under fire

Whether you’re a Europhile or a Eurosceptic, you’ll probably have heard the same criticisms of Europe: that it's too bound up with bureaucracy; a Brussels bubble with supposedly unelected officials calling the shots for half a billion people. Recently, the sceptics got some new ammunition - in the shape of the lightning-fast promotion of a lifelong civil servant called Martin Selmayr to one of the most powerful jobs in the EU.

On today's programme we’ll be finding out why so many lawmakers at the European Parliament are up in arms about this case, but also asking whether the critics might not have a point – and if European institutions across the board might not have some work to do... to make their work more transparent for ordinary citizens.

A programme presented by Catherine Nicholson

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Roxane Runel

By Catherine NICHOLSON

Our guests

Indrek TARAND

Estonian MEP, The Greens

Arndt KOHN

German MEP, Socialists and Democrats

Frank ENGEL

Luxembourgish MEP, European People's Party

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2018-10-15 Talking Europe

Spain's Europe minister rules out new Catalan independence referendum

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2018-10-15 Talking Europe

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2018-10-08 Talking Europe

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2018-10-08 Talking Europe

Norwegian FM on Brexit: 'Our aim is to keep the Single Market intact'

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2018-10-01 Talking Europe

Georgia: From Silk Road crossroads to EU connections (part 2)

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